Luzamba s oil paintings depict African figures engaged in
contemplative activities or political ritual. Luzamba portrays
an attractive facade of leisure and tedium, revealing little of
the seriousness of political and historical context, or of the
artists conviction and creative process behind the scenes.
and raised in the conflict-ridden DRC, Luzamba witnessed politics
playing out in the daily lives of ordinary people. He attributes
the DRCs 1990s unbanning of the suit and tie a gesture
towards a new democracy and permitting Western cultural
influence as the moment the artist in him awoke.
men proudly donned suits that had long been hidden in closets.
La Sape, a sub-culture of dandified dressing, can be seen
in Zemba Luzamba s subject matter and in his use of paint
and colour. His artistic development has integrated a tradition
of creative and considered fashion as an act of self-determination,
aspiration in an oppressive, impoverished environment, and even
of defiance in the face of corrupt, stifling politics.
Luzamba studied Fine Art in Lusaka, Zambia, at the Evelyn Hone
College of Applied Art, in 1994. He has participated in numerous
exhibitions and his work is housed in private collections across